Coachella Beauty 2017

5:29 PM 4/12/2017

by Sarah Gidick

Consider this your official guide to keeping your skin safe, pretty, tan and protected throughout the fest.

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Unpredictable desert elements can wreck havoc on the skin, and since Coachella is a 3-day festival, preparing your glam in advance is crucial. Everything from the best in self-tanners to nail polish and sunscreen, it's all here. Because being dried out and sunburned just isn't the Coachella aesthetic, picture-perfect for the 'gram is. 

  • Woke up Like This

    Courtesy of Drunk Elephant; Courtesy of Glossier

    Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80) delivers instant, noticeable, stare-in-the-mirror benefits. Suitable for all skin types, the 25 percent Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (exfoliates the skin) and 2 percent Beta-Hydroxy Acid (unclogs pores) mask reveals clean, pore-less skin texture and tone after using. After washing off the mask, apply Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($72). This product eliminates the need for heavy foundation and lets your natural radiance glow.

    Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser ($34) gently cleanses your skin and manages to wash off ALL of your makeup. Waterproof mascara? Yes, even that. Follow with Glossier’s Super Bounce Serum ($28) to keep moisture in, thanks to added hyaluronic acid. Perfect for hangovers, too much air conditioning – anything Coachella can blow your way.

    Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 ($47.50) is a perfect moisturizer for all skin types, and will keep your skin hydrated in the most extreme environments, and will keep you fully protected from UVA/UVB rays. Another option is Clarins' Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Gel ($48), a gel that instantly moisturizers and quenches, and promises to not cause any dreaded shine. The clean, marine smell protects your face against pollutants and environmental stress. 

  • Lips Like Sugar

    Courtesy of Dior

    Ditch the drugstore lip balms! Snag a multipurpose lip product for those arid desert winds. Dior’s Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub ($33) comes infused with sugar grains for an exfoliating, moisturizing, natural color lip. Apply, rub your lips together until the sugar dissolves, and that fragile almost-chapped skin will slough off. The baby pink balm is enough to carry you through the day as your main lip product.

    For the evening, go for a bold, classic lip as your day makeup will be long gone. Since your lips will be soft and supple thanks to the sugar scrub balm, apply Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color in 01 Le Rouge ($37) like Rihanna for a mega-watt smile that will stand out in night photos. 
  • California Girls

    Courtesy of Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals; Courtesy of St. Tropez

    The ultimate summer festival stressor is having the right tan. If you aren't a fan of tanning beds or spray tan booths, St. Tropez is your solution to all your tanning emergencies. The Self Tan Express Mousse ($44) is a tried-and-true product that promises to deliver bronzed skin in an hour. St. Tropez’s latest, One Night Only Finishing Gloss ($25) debuted on the Temperley London Spring 2017 runway, and gives you a glam, instant high-gloss glow. Rub it in with St. Tropez’s mitt for the perfect finish. Makeup artists Mary Phillips used the gloss on Chrissy Teigen and Ashunta Sheriff loves the product for client Taraji P. Henson.

    Before every decent faux tan, one must scrub. After trying dozens of scrubs, Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Coconut Milk Scrub ($14.50) made the cut. The fat and water mixture doesn’t leave a waxy, oily feel on your skin (or on your shower floor)! The multi-benefit scrub should be a year-round fixture in your bath. 

  • Fair Game

    Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Coachella; Courtesy of Soilel

    Protecting your skin from the dangers of UV rays is crucial to making your Coachella experience pain-free. Soleil Toujour’s Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist ($34) provides SPF 50 coverage and the company’s patented EcoSunComplex keeps skin supple. Carry Soleil Toujour’s Organic Aloe Antioxidant Calming Mist ($26) in your purse – this will be a much-welcome drink for your skin throughout the day, and ease any onset sunburn.


  • Rock Tom Ford

    Courtsy of Brands

    Nail your Coachella look with a deep nude, like Tom Ford’s Toasted Sugar ($36). Seen on the hands of Instagram style maven Eva Chen, the polish completes the look for any skin tone. Another plus? You can paint your own nails--say driving out to Coachella—with a shade like this. One coat is enough to get a healthy, neutral looking gloss. Keep the party going with Chanel’s Le Gel Coat ($28), the crème de la crème of top coats, promises to extend nail wear up to seven days. Consider these two products investment pieces for your nails. 

  • Don't Touch My Hair

    To protect your tresses from UV rays, apply SACHAJUAN’s Hair In The Sun ($32) before blow drying or air drying. You can share this product with your boyfriend, too. The unisex product works wonders on men's dried-out surfer hair.

    Finish off your mane with La Mer’s Renewal Oil ($240) to keep hair looking healthy, shiny and luxe. The oil is a splurge, but it’s a multipurpose product that will last on your shelf for awhile – a tiny bit goes a long way.  


  • Love on the Brain

    Courtesy of Miu Miu

    Rebecca Minkoff collaborated with lifestyle brand By Rosie Jane just in time for Coachella on this super cute pouch. Made in L.A., the half-moon pouch has an interior lining that reads "feminist" in script, and comes with a couple surprises inside – a BRJ Lip & Cheek Pot in Rose and a BRJ Leila Lou Roll-On (think Kai or Jo Malone’s French Lime Blossom ($65) – elegant, non-offensive and perfect for summer). The All Girls Essential Beauty clutch ($89) is available online and at Rebecca Minkoff's Los Angeles store.

    Another loveable option is Miu Miu’s printed faille cosmetics case ($130). The drawstring bag is lined with a fast-drying shell in case of any makeup spills or disasters. Plus, this pouch will look adorable swinging from your wrist at all the Coachella parties.

  • Sweet Dreams

    Courtesy of Slip

    Beauty rest is important, and whether its a power nap in the afternoon or sleeping in until 4, Slip's Silk Eye Mask ($45) can aid you with rest. The silky, soft mask is heavenly to sleep with. Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin is a big fan: "The eye mask depuffs my keeps me looking fresh!" The machine washable masks should be washed in cold water on the delicate cycle -- often. Just like your sheets and pillowcase, keeping eye masks clean is crucial. 

    Whether you need to recharge, restore or ensure that your hotel room doesn't have "that" smell, bringing along a candle is a smart move. Journalist Robert Brink launched The Hundredth Acre, a 17 scent candle line in 2016, made of all natural soy wax and recycled materials. The Fig Tree candle ($25) is the perfect selection to remember the groves in Coachella. The entire area smells strongly of jasmine, freshly cut grass and sun-ripened fig. The Hundredth Acre counts funny girl Kristin Wigg and Cat Power's Chan Marshall as a fans.